David Lewis receives the NVFC James P. Seavey Sr. Health and Wellness Leadership Award
By Member John Long, Jr.
April 17, 2020

David Lewis receives the NVFC James P. Seavey Sr. Health and Wellness Leadership Award

Award co-sponsored by Ward Diesel Filter Systems and VFIS

As a member of the fire and emergency medical services for more than 40 years, David Lewis has always been an advocate for firefighter health, wellness, and safety. However, his passion and commitment have become more evident in recent years as his leadership roles in state and national initiatives has grown.

At the state level, Lewis has served on a number of committees within the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, culminating in his term as president from 2011-2012. While president, he reorganized the association’s Safety Committee with increased responsibilities to advocate for health and safety practices across the state of Maryland. He also created the Cancer Support Committee, which partnered with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network to provide a support structure for firefighters and their families who are going through cancer treatments.

As a member of the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association Training Committee, Lewis advocated for the delivery of awareness programs on health and safety matters. In 2018, he became co-chair of the Health and Safety Committee. Through this role, he continues to press for further education on the dangers of cancer and suicide in the fire service.

At the national level, Lewis serves as one of two Maryland directors to the NVFC, an appointment that has given him an even wider-reaching platform to advocate for the health and safety of today’s firefighters. As a member of the NVFC’s Health, Safety, and Training Committee, he seeks opportunities to develop and deliver health, wellness, and safety programs across the country. He has been a presenter at three of the five health and safety Training Summits hosted by the NVFC. He was also one of the authors of the NVFC’s textbook, Volunteer Fire Service Culture: Essential Strategies for Success, which teaches department members and leaders how to embrace healthy and safe practices in all areas of department operations and culture. Following its publication, Lewis was contracted by the NVFC to develop a corresponding full-day classroom training based on the content of the text.

Lewis also serves as a member of the team of representatives from the NVFC and International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section that developed training programs to accompany the Yellow Ribbon Report on mental wellness and the Lavender Ribbon Report on actions to reduce exposure risks and prevent occupationally-caused cancer. He has delivered training programs across Maryland and the country to help spread the messages of these two critical firefighter health and safety issues.